Towards Zero-energy Architecture: New Solar Design

Mary Guzowski


This book explores the theories, practices and principles of new approaches to solar architecture that foster both design excellence and low-energy use. In response to the challenges of global warming and climate change, design and technology enable architects to achieve greater performance standards while at the same time developing an environmental aesthetic.

The book showcases ten award-winning buildings to illustrate the aesthetic and technological design integration of solar response in contemporary zero-energy and low-energy architecture. For each project there is a detailed examination of the local climate, the design and construction, and the technology used to reduce energy use.

Towards Zero-energy Architecture is a much-needed call for the design professions to redefine architecture to help solve ecological problems.

Creator Bio

Mary Guzowski is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota. She teaches and conducts research related to daylighting, solar architecture and ecological design and her publications include the book Daylighting for Sustainable Design. Recent research has focused on aesthetic and solar architecture and ecological innovations in carbon-neutral design.

Price £28.00
Format Hardback
Publication Date 4 October 2010
Pages 208
Height 280mm
Width 216mm
Illustrations 368 colour images and 38 black and white
Rights Europe (excluding Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland), Middle East, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe
ISBN-13 9781856696784